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Alicia Van Borssum

Alicia Van Borssum

Assistant Professor (Clinical) and Director of English as a New Language Outreach
Teaching & Curriculum
Center for Professional Development & Education Reform
LeChase Hall 463
(585) 484-7290
avanborssum@warner.rochester.edu
 
Education:
EdD, University of Rochester (teaching and curriculum)
MS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (education: TESOL)
BA, Austin College (French)
AMI, Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori, Perugia Italy (Casa dei Bambini 3-6)


Alicia Van Borssum has a joint appointment in teaching and curriculum and in the Center for Professional Development & Education Reform. She teaches courses in TESOL and Foreign Languages and supervises student teachers in those disciplines. In the Center for Professional Development & Education Reform, Van Borssum directs English as a New Language outreach. In that capacity, she designs and delivers professional development for educators locally and in the wider area. Her work in the field assists educators in better serving English language learners in their schools.

Van Borssum has taught Montessori, French, and ESOL for 30 years in PreK-12 urban, rural, and suburban schools in the U.S. and abroad. While teaching in the Rochester area, she has shared her pedagogical practices with pre-service and in-service teachers. Van Borssum’s interest in literacy in developing countries encouraged her volunteer work with Ethiopia Reads, an NGO that establishes libraries in primary schools in Ethiopia. She did her doctoral research in Addis Ababa, where she observed the literacy practices of teachers and librarians. Read more about her work in Ethiopia here.

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Courses
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
EDU463 Implementing Innovation in Foreign Languages and ESOL Education
EDE476 Teaching English Learners in Content Classrooms